Ole Miss Rebels a Finalist for Laremy Tunsil With National Signing Day Looming

By Patrick Schmidt
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fl, Columbia), the nation’s top offensive tackle visited Ole Miss this weekend along with a number of other highly ranked recruits and it looks like Hugh Freeze and his staff may have moved past Alabama in the race for Tunsil who came away pleasantly surprised and are one of the three finalists along with Georgia to secure his services.

Georgia had been rumored to be the favorite to land the 6-6 296-pound left tackle after he visited with the Mark Richt and the team last weekend, but his time in Oxford, Ms and the sales pitch he received from Freeze was enough to move past the two-time defending champion Crimson Tide.

Adding Tunsil to this recruiting class that may include the No. 1 player in the country, Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga, Grayson), Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Il, Crete-Monee), the nation’s top receiver and four- star defensive end Elijah Daniel(Avon, In, Avon) who is the No. 34 player in the country according to ESPN among others could vault the Rebels into a top seven or eight class after signing day Feb. 6.

Tunsil could be penciled into the starting lineup as a true freshman with his blend of size, strength, athleticism agility and provided the first three years on campus go according to plan could be an early entrant into the NFL draft after his junior season.

Rebel nation will be holding their collective breath as they await the decision from Tunsil as will quarterback Bo Wallace who would love to have him blocking for him the next couple seasons, but the big offensive tackle will still have Georgia and the rest of the competition in his ear from now til he picks the hat at signing day.

Gotta give credit to Freeze for being in the race with elite teams such as Georgia and Alabama and that certainly bodes well for the on-the-field product in 2013 and beyond.

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